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East Express E-Newsletter
July 7, 2016

THANK YOU MARY FREE BED! A HUGE thank-you to our Fourth of July Celebration partner Mary Free Bed. Both the City and Mary Free Bed celebrated 125 years of service to our community this year. We also want to thank EGR resident Pam Buschle for being our Grand Marshal during the parade. We hope everyone had a safe and happy Fourth of July! 

 Mary Free Bed logo

ICE BREAKERS. The City has partnered with ArtPrize artist Chris LaPorte to bring a monumental drawing to the EGR Community Center. Using a source image from the EGR History Room, Chris created “Ice Breakers” – a massive drawing of Reeds Lake icehouse workers. No taxpayer funds are being used for this project; however, donations are currently being accepted for the project. More information can be found here.

 Ice Breakers image

EGR DETECTIVE RECEIVES AWARD. Detective Mark Lindner was presented with the East Grand Rapids Public Safety Meritorious Service Award at the June 20 City Commission meeting for performing investigative duties in an exemplary manner. Mark, who has been with the department since 2006, received the award for his detective work after a 2001 violent criminal sexual assault in the city. Read more about Mark and the award here

 Mark Lindner

CONSTRUCTION. We appreciate everyone’s patience as we work to update the streets and sidewalks of EGR. For an overview of all the construction projects taking place this summer, please click here


MOVIES IN THE PARK. There are three opportunities left to enjoy a movie at Collins Park.  Sponsored by the Parks & Recreation Department and the Friends of the Library, these family-friendly movies are FREE.  Bring a lawn chair or blanket.  Movies begin at dusk.

July 15:  The Good Dinosaur
August 19:  Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 2
September 16:  Cinderella

 Movies in the Park

UNITED BANK SUMMER CONCERTS. Round up some friends, pack a picnic basket and grab a blanket for these family-friendly concerts that start at 7 p.m. on Monday evenings at Collins Park.

July 11:  Deep Greens and Blues
July 18:  The Coteries
July 25:  B-Side Growlers

 Concerts in the Park

NEW WATER RATES IN EFFECT. The City Commission recently adopted new water and sewer rates that are effective with your July water bill.  Homeowners will see an average increase of 15% in their readiness-to-serve rate that will be used to fund improvements to the aging water and sewer systems.  More information can be found here

 Water Rate Increase

TREE-PLANTING PROGRAM REMINDER.  For those who participated in the 50/50 tree planting program this past year, please remember that the trees need to be watered.  You can reference the tree-planting and maintenance guidelines that were sent along with the purchase of trees for additional care guidelines. Residents interested in participating in the 50/50 tree-planting program in the fall should contact the Department of Public Works at 616,940,4817 or stop by the lower level of City Hall for more information.

 Tree planting

CLEAR VISION AREAS.  Chapter 32 section 3.4 of the City Code prohibits trees, shrubs, etc. from obstructing public ways and clear-vision areas. Please make sure that any trees, shrubs, bushes, etc. are not obstructing sidewalks. The required height for clearance over a street or sidewalk is 10 feet. Clear-vision areas at street corners may not have plant height in excess of 30 inches in 20-foot-by-20-foot triangle areas adjacent to street corners.  The City appreciates residents being proactive to trim trees and shrubs that impede sidewalk access. 

 Clear vision

YARD WASTE COLLECTION REMINDER.  For residents who have tree limbs, stumps or bulk yard waste out that is permitted under the yard waste collection policy, please remember that this type of yard waste is collected by crews within several days of the normal route collection. 

 Yard waste
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